Home Energy Assessments Can Help You Discover More Efficient Heating, Cooling Solutions
Is a New HVAC System for You?
Since about half of your yearly utility cost is for heating and cooling your home, you’ll want to consider a new HVAC system if:
- Your heating and cooling (e.g., furnace, boiler, central air conditioning) or hot water equipment is more than 20 years old
- There are rooms in your home that never seem to be warm enough in the winter or cool enough during the summer, or there’s a lot of humidity or excessive dust in your home
- Your utility bills seem to be a lot higher than usual, all of a sudden
What You Should Know About HVAC.
HVAC – short for heating, ventilation and air conditioning – moves warmed, cooled or dehumidified air through ductwork to all the rooms of your house. Since an HVAC system typically uses more energy and therefore costs more than any other system in your home, using up-to-date, energy-efficient components will help you save a lot of energy. Replacing your old heating and cooling system with Energy-Star labeled equipment can cut your annual energy bill by almost $200.
You may also want to consider a ductless mini split, a new heating-and-cooling solution that gives you more room-by-room temperature control with no need for ductwork. With a ductless mini split, electricity is used to pump refrigerant and transfer heat from one space to another. Also known as an air-source heat pump, a ductless mini split allows you to direct cool – or warm – air where you want it, so you’re not paying for heating or cooling rooms that you don’t use.
Whether or not you choose a ductless mini split, or an Energy Star-labeled furnace or boiler, it’s a good idea to first schedule a home energy assessment. An assessment will give you information needed to tackle any shortcomings in your home envelope, which will affect how heating and cooling works within your home. During a home energy assessment, an energy advisor may uncover insufficient weatherization (insulation and air sealing), which you’ll want to fix prior to upgrading your HVAC system. This is part of the Next Step Living whole-home approach to energy efficiency.
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